Athletes invited to carry Queen’s Baton in Cairns


15 Oct 2013

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on Cairns next month when the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay takes on a tropical flavour ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
The baton will be the focus of a community breakfast on the Esplanade on Monday 4 November 2013.
Mayor Bob Manning, who will carry the baton into the breakfast, is calling on past and present Games athletes to be a part of the event.
"We're looking for athletes who have competed in either the Commonwealth or Olympic Games and who are residents of the Cairns region," Cr Manning said.
"We'd like to invite former Games athletes to represent the Cairns community by carrying the baton along the Esplanade."
The Cairns leg of the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay will start at the northern end of the Cairns Esplanade near Muddy's Playground at 6:30am. It will travel along the Esplanade boardwalk toward the lagoon and end at the Sister Cities barbecue area, where a free breakfast will be served to the public.

From there, the baton will be transported to the Great Barrier Reef, before boarding a Skyrail gondola and finally stopping in at Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park.
"The baton's time in Cairns will be fleeting, with the relay to move on to Papua New Guinea that afternoon," Cr Manning said.
"But there will be opportunity to showcase our most prominent features – the reef, rainforest and our indigenous culture – to the accompanying film crews."
Prior to visiting Cairns, the Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay will touch down in Perth, the Gold Coast, Canberra and Townsville.
The relay was launched at Buckingham Palace last week and will visit all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth over 288 days, culminating with its arrival at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 23, 2014.

Get involved in Baton Relay in Cairns, 4 November 2013

Council invites previous Commonwealth and Olympic Games athletes who are currently residing in Cairns to be part of the relay on Monday 4 November 2013, as the Baton makes its way along the Cairns Esplanade.

If you are a previous Games athlete and would like to take part, please call Council on (07) 4044 3044 by Monday 28 October 2013.

All members of the public are invited to watch the baton relay along the Esplanade - starting at 6:30am near Muddy's Playground - and celebrate afterwards at Council's free community breakfast at the Sister Cities BBQ area.